X-factor bosses have confirmed that the cast of Glee are going to be guest stars on this Sunday’s results show. The cast of the hit US TV show are going to be performing to promote their 2011 UK tour.
This year’s X-factor has had its fair share of controversy, dividing music fans from the initial stages. There has also been drama with deportation and death threats and a Facebook campaign threathing to derail the show.
This weekend’s show is the first semi-final, but will the drama be over-shadowed by the smiley, happy Glee crew? There’s only one way to find out!
The Glee tour will see the cast of the show (which returns to UK screens in January 2011) performing live versions of the show’s songs, with dates at the O2 and Manchester already confirmed.
Confirmed in the line up are: Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Heather Morris (Brittany), Naya Rivera (Santana), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Harry Shum Jnr (Mike) and Chord Overstreet (Sam).
The Glee phenomenon appears to have taken the western world by storm, with musical theatre choirs springing up in the UK on the back of the show. Serious news suppliers such as the Telegraph and the BBC are talking about the ‘Glee effect’ and the show does seem to cross boundaries. Critics say this is because, although exaggerated, the stories are based on a reality, dealt with through satire. However, the shows stars contribute the success to the having “a lot of heart. It’s about the underdog and the characters are very accessible to a lot of people”.
And lets not forget of course, the musical connection.
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